The world famous Karthoum diamond, which is worth some 2 million extremely hard Dutch Guilders, is being transported to the Netherlands from Pretoria to be on display in a museum. Director ...
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The world famous Karthoum diamond, which is worth some 2 million extremely hard Dutch Guilders, is being transported to the Netherlands from Pretoria to be on display in a museum. Director Sondag feels the diamond isn't getting enough protection and resorts to hiring a private detective to keep an eye on it. Unfortunately for him, some Italian mobsters are planning a jewel heist and make sure Sondag hires the bumbling and incompetent Sherlock Jones. In fact, Sherlock's basset hound Watson has a better grasp of the situation than his master. Written by
Sherlock Jones is a private detective hired to solve a robbery. Piet Bambergen, the actor portraying Sherlock Jones, is a much loved and respected actor in The Netherlands. The film apparently did make it to The US, but I saw it in the original version mostly due to the appearance of Julie Ege. Ms. Ege plays a Mata Hari figure who double cross an already amorous Sherlock Jones. The director, Nikolai van Der Heyde, recruited Julie to the cast after seeing her in the 1970 film EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE ONE with Marty Feldman. Her voice is dubbed. The film has lots of car chases and madcap faces. What actually is going on is a bit confusing with this film. Everybody just seems to have a good time. There is even a surrealistic scene where Sherlock Jones suddenly is removed from an office to the open air with Julie Ege reaching for him from a bed in the middle of nowhere. The end scene has her escaping with the villain in a public bus. Sherlock Jones stops the bus and arrests them both. The villain has a cigar in his mouth, it explodes and his face turns black. It just is not very funny. Well, this sums up this absurd comedy that perhaps has gotten worse with time.
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